Long-time Green Retailer's Earth Day Shoe Drive

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It doesn’t take too many feet and toes to count the Boulder Colorado businesses that have been in business more than 40 years. One of them, The Pedestrian Shops, founded in 1969, is celebrating by holding its 42nd shoe drive from April 16 through April 30, honoring Earth Day by collecting gently worn shoes that will be distributed to people in need.

"We plan to keep increasing energy generation while decreasing energy consumption until we are the first retailer in the world to sell shoes without leaving a carbon footprint," said Pedestrian’s founder and President Richard Polk.

It doesn’t take too many feet and toes to count the Boulder businesses that have been in business more than 40 years.

One of them, The Pedestrian Shops, founded in 1969, is celebrating by holding its 42nd shoe drive from April 16 through April 30, honoring Earth Day by collecting gently worn shoes that will be distributed to people in need by local assistance organizations.

Customers who donate shoes will receive a 10 percent discount on any shoe purchase. During 21 years of Earth Day and Thanksgiving shoe drives, Pedestrian has collected more than 35,000 pairs of shoes to help needy people in the community.

The longtime “green” retailer also operates a 10 kw solar array generating energy equal to half the energy needed to run its headquarters shop at 1425 Pearl St. http://www.comfortableshoes.com/blog/2008/03/pedestrian_shops_harnessing_the_energy_of_the_sun.php

"We plan to keep increasing energy generation while decreasing energy consumption until we are the first retailer in the world to sell shoes without leaving a carbon footprint," said Pedestrian’s founder and President Richard Polk.

The Pedestrian Shops are a locally owned family business operating two Boulder stores, as well as the website http://www.comfortableshoes.com, where additional information can be found.

The Pedestrian Shops sell the world's most comfortable brands of shoes and encourage their customers to enjoy life and take a walk.

On the Downtown Boulder Mall: 1425 Pearl, Boulder, Colorado
In the Village: Facing Folsom between Arapahoe and Canyon, Boulder, Colorado

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